On April 23rd, from 1:00 to 2:30, please join Indigenous leaders from Brazil and allies in action at the Permanent Mission of Brazil 747 3rd Ave in New York City to raise our voices and show our solidarity with the indigenous resistance and "Terra Livre," the national indigenous mobilization in Brazil.
Brazil’s Indigenous peoples are under increasing attack with newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro and his regime’s devastating assaults on social and environmental protections. Indigenous organizations in Brazil are mobilizing locally and globally to protect and defend their communities, the Amazon rainforest and the global climate.
As threats increase, women land defenders are harmed first and worse. This is a critical time to stand with courageous Indigenous women leaders in Brazil, like Sônia Bone Guajajara, who are fighting everyday to protect human rights, forests, water, climate, communities and future generations.
The Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) and the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB) have written a collective petition to denounce Bolsonaro's egregious attacks on indigenous rights and territories, particularly in the Amazon.
They have called on all of us in the international community to stand with them in solidarity and resistance to demand that the Brazilian government reinstate fundamental human rights standards and protect the Amazon's ecological integrity.
WECAN International and Amazon Watch are collaborating in collecting signatures. Please join us in signing and sharing COIAB and APIB’s petition here: https://amazonwatch.org/take-action/halt-the-brazilian-governments-assault-on-indigenous-peoples
Signatures will be delivered to representatives at the Permanent Mission of Brazil in New York City concurrent to a rally on the street at the Mission on April 23rd.
This is a peaceful action and we will remain on the sidewalk.
Sônia Bone Guajajara, Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). Sônia Guajajara comes from the Araribóia Indigenous Land, of the Guajajara people and is a well-known and respected leader. She was a candidate for Vice-President of Brazil in the 2018 Elections, and in 2015, she received the Order of Cultural Merit from the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Culture.
For interview requests with Sônia Bone Guajajara or further information about this event, please contact email@example.com
For more background information, please see this New York Times op-ed